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A hotel in Kowloon is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Kowloon hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Kowloon are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Kowloon hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Kowloon hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Kowloon have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Kowloon
An upscale full service hotel facility in Kowloon that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Kowloon hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Kowloon
Full service Kowloon hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Kowloon
Boutique hotels of Kowloon are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Kowloon boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Kowloon may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Kowloon
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Kowloon travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Kowloon focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Kowloon
Small to medium-sized Kowloon hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Kowloon traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Kowloon hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Kowloon
A bed and breakfast in Kowloon is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Kowloon bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Kowloon B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Kowloon
Kowloon hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Kowloon hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Kowloon
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Kowloon hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Kowloon lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Kowloon
Kowloon timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Kowloon often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Kowloon on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Kowloon
A Kowloon motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Kowloon for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Kowloon motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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This article is about an urban area in Hong Kong. For other uses, see Kowloon (disambiguation).
Kowloon as viewed from Hong Kong Island
Kowloon as viewed from Hong Kong Island
Nickname(s): Dragon City
Location within Hong Kong
Location within Hong Kong
City Kowloon
• Land 47 km (18 sq mi)
Population (2011)
• Total 2,108,419 (2.1 million)
• Density 43,033/km (111,450/sq mi)
Time zone Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Traditional Chinese 九龍
Cantonese Yale Gáulùhng
Literal meaning Nine dragons
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyin Jǐulóng
Romanization giulung
Yue: Cantonese
Yale Romanization Gáulùhng
IPA [kɐ̌ulo̭ŋ]
Jyutping Gau2lung4
The Mong Kok Stadium, which holds the Hong Kong Premier League, has a capacity of 6,769. It is currently the biggest stadium in Kowloon.

Kowloon (/ˌkˈln/; Chinese: 九龍; Cantonese Yale: Gáulùhng) is an urban area in Hong Kong comprising the Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon. It is bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait to the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutter's Island to the west, a mountain range, including Tate's Cairn and Lion Rock to the north, and Victoria Harbour to the south. It had a population of 2,019,533 and a population density of 43,033/km in 2006. The peninsula's area is approximately 47 km (18 sq mi).

Kowloon: History

Kowloon c. 1868, depicting the Qing-era Kowloon Walled City and Lion Rock (in the background)
Map of Kowloon in 1915

The name Kowloon stems from the term Nine Dragons, which refers to eight mountains and a Chinese emperor: Kowloon Peak, Tung Shan, Tate's Cairn, Temple Hill, Unicorn Ridge, Lion Rock, Beacon Hill, Crow's Nest and Emperor Bing of Song. The part of Kowloon south of Boundary Street, together with Stonecutters Island, was ceded by Qing China to the United Kingdom under the Convention of Peking of 1860. For many years the area remained largely undeveloped, used by the British mainly for tiger-hunting expeditions. The part of Kowloon north of Boundary Street (New Kowloon) was leased by the British as part of the New Territories under the 1898 Second Convention of Peking for 99 years. Within New Kowloon is Kowloon City, which refers to an area of Hong Kong where the Kowloon Walled City used to be located. The Kowloon Walled City itself was demolished in 1993. The same area was called Guanfuchang (官富場) during the Song dynasty (960–1279). Statutorily, "Kowloon" is used to refer to the area south of Boundary Street and the Stonecutters Island. "New Kowloon" has also remained part of the New Territories.

In modern-day culture, New Kowloon is not regarded as part of the New Territories but as an integral part of the Kowloon urban area whether north or south of Boundary Street.

Large-scale development of Kowloon began in the early-20th century, with the construction of the Kowloon-Canton Railway and the Kowloon Wharf, but because of Kowloon's close proximity to Kai Tak Airport, building construction was limited by flight paths. As a result, compared to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon has a much lower skyline. After World War II, Kowloon became extremely congested when slums for refugees from the newly established China gave way to public housing estates, mixed with private residential, commercial and industrial areas.

The area of reclaimed land known as West Kowloon was once home to a dockyard for the Royal Navy.

A 13-foot high stone wall was built in 1847 around Kowloon. The 1911 census recorded a population of 7,306, with most being Hakka. The invasion of China by Japan in 1937 caused the population of Kowloon to explode. Between 1937 and 1939, 750,000 refugees arrived in Kowloon and nearby areas, with many being homeless.

Kowloon: Demographics

As of 2011, 2,108,419 people lived in Kowloon.

94.2% of Kowloon's residents are of Cantonese ethnicity. The largest ethnic minority groups are Indonesians (1.8%), Filipinos (1.5%), Indians (0.5%), Nepalese (0.4%), and Whites (0.3%). 86% of Kowloon's residents use Cantonese as their usual language, while 2.3% use English and 1.2% use Mandarin.

Kowloon: Localities

Kowloon comprises the following localities of Hong Kong:

  • Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Kwun Chung
  • Yau Ma Tei
  • Mong Kok
  • Prince Edward
  • West Kowloon
  • Tai Kok Tsui
  • Sham Shui Po
  • Cheung Sha Wan
  • Lai Chi Kok
  • Shek Kip Mei
  • Kowloon Tong
  • Kowloon City
  • Kai Tak
  • To Kwa Wan
  • Ma Tau Wai
  • Hung Hom
  • Ho Man Tin
  • Wong Tai Sin
  • San Po Kong
  • Hammer Hill
  • Ngau Chi Wan
  • Tsz Wan Shan
  • Diamond Hill
  • Kowloon Bay
  • Ngau Tau Kok
  • Kwun Tong
  • Sau Mau Ping
  • Lam Tin
  • Yau Tong
  • Tiu Keng Leng
  • Cha Kwo Ling
  • Lei Yue Mun

Kowloon: Administration

Kowloon comprises the following districts:

  • Kowloon City
  • Kwun Tong
  • Sham Shui Po
  • Wong Tai Sin
  • Yau Tsim Mong

Kowloon: Politics

Kowloon covers two geographical constituencies for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong:

  • The residential area of Kowloon Tong.
    Lui Seng Chun - Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine, Lai Chi Kok Road, Prince Edward
    Kowloon East includes Wong Tai Sin and Kwun Tong.
  • Kowloon West includes Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po and Kowloon City.

Kowloon: Education

Kowloon: Tertiary education

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Open University of Hong Kong
  • Tung Wah College
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom
  • Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
  • Gratia Christian College

Kowloon: Secondary Education

King George V School, Homantin

Kowloon: Primary Education

Kowloon: References

  1. Fallon, Steve. (2006) Hong Kong and Macau. Lonely Planet Publishing. Buy book ISBN 981-258-246-0
  2. 10,000 Chinese Numbers. Lulu.com. p. 207. ISBN 9780557006212.
  3. James Hayes, The Hong Kong Region 1850-1911. Hong Kong, 2012.
  4. http://www.yearbook.gov.hk/2003/english/chapter21/21_05.html
  5. District Profiles, Hong Kong Census, 2011, retrieved 27 September 2013
  • Media related to Kowloon at Wikimedia Commons
  • Media related to Kowloon West at Wikimedia Commons

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